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March 24 2013


June 16 2012

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Radio 4 to dramatise Ulysses

Station announces five-and-a-half-hour celebration of James Joyce’s ‘difficult’ novel on 16 June – ‘Bloomsday’

… Set on 16 June 1904, the day Joyce had his first date with his future, much loved wife, Nora Barnacle, it focuses on two men, Leopold Bloom, an advertising agent, and Stephen Dedalus, often seen as Joyce’s alter ego, who will be played by Henry Goodman and Andrew Scott respectively. Stephen Rea will narrate, while Niamh Cusack voices Molly Bloom.

As part of the celebration, Goodman, in character, will also cook a “Bloom breakfast” of devilled kidneys live in the Today studio. Sections of the day will be anchored by journalist Mark Lawson, who will journey around the main Dublin landmarks from the book as well as hosting a late-night discussion with academics and writers.

Radio 4’s controller, Gywneth Williams, said she “expected a large postbag” from listeners about the decision to hand over much of the day to Joyce but hoped that most of them would be positive. “Listeners are up for quite a lot on Radio 4 as long as they feel it’s in the grain of what’s right for Radio 4,” she said. “They are more tolerant of changes than they are given credit for.”

Describing Ulysses as a “life-enhancing, ebullient thing full of glory”, Williams said it had a “tremendously contemporary resonance focusing on the private and the ordinary”. …

Ulysses difficult? Pfui! Try a taste of Finnegans Fake without Joseph Campbell’s Skeleton Key and a Joycean Anglo-Irish dictionary, and the other three books who helped me get to all of page 135!


Via Radio 4 to dramatise Ulysses | Media | The Guardian)

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